In 2012, Dick George was sitting in his car when he spotted a group of New York City police officers frisking three youths, so he pulled out his phone and started taking photos, advising the youths to demand the officers’ names and badge numbers.
The cops then turned to him, pulled him out of his car and arrested him before deleting his images.
One cop, Lt. Dennis Ferber, who has been sued a number of times, told him the following, according to the New York Daily News.
“Now we’re going to give you what you deserve for meddling in our business and when we finish with you, you can sue the city for $5 million and get rich, we don’t care.”
George took his advice and sued and just accepted a $125,000 settlement, which after lawyer fees and other costs, might net him a little over half of that if he’s lucky. But still, even in a city as notoriously expensive in New York City, it’s still a sizable chunk – especially considering he was only held for 45 minutes on a disorderly conduct charge.
However, Fraber and Sgt. Patrick Golden and Officer Stacey Robinson, the officers named in his lawsuit that are also named in six other lawsuits, are still raking in a tax-funded salary despite the fact that they are obviously a liability.
Not much different than officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop seen on video placing a chokehold on Eric Garner before he died, gasping the now infamous words, “I can’t breathe.”
Pantaleo also had a history of lawsuits against him, including one that settled for $30,000 and others that are still pending, when he slipped behind Garner and placed a chokehold on the man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, only to be seen waving at a camera in the following moments.
Then there’s NYPD officer Peter Valentin who has been sued 28 times since 2006, resulting in $884,000, according to the New York Daily News, who broke the story in February.
Valentin, a hard-charging Bronx narcotics detective whose online handle is “PistolPete,” has been sued a stunning 28 times since 2006 on allegations of running slash-and-burn raids that left dozens of lives in ruins while resulting in few criminal convictions.
The city has paid out $884,000 to settle cases naming the stocky, 36-year-old detective, but he doesn’t seem too concerned.
“I’m not aware of that,” he scoffed at a Daily News reporter when told of his claim to shame. “Once it goes to court, I don’t follow it.”
The Bloomberg administration routinely dismissed the relevance of civil suits against the NYPD, even as the number of claims against the department doubled over the past decade to a record high of 9,570 filed in 2012. The suits cost taxpayers more than $1 billion dollars during that time period.
So it’s no wonder Ferber didn’t care that he knew his actions were unlawful because he knew he would never be held liable.
No, that obligation falls to the people of New York who are forced to live under this lawless regime.